First Hit #1: April 20, 2002
Ashanti seems almost too nice for Murder Inc, which is kind of appropriate when you consider Foolish, which is about a girl too nice for the relationship she’s in. It’s implied to be an abusive one in some way – though whether it’s emotionally or physically abusive, or both, isn’t entirely clear – and the song is about how difficult it is to leave that kind of relationship. It actually has a sort of strange insight into that situation, since people in these relationships do find it incredibly difficult to leave them. Unfortunately, the song kind of accidentally romanticizes the relationship because it’s Ashanti at her sweetest singing the song. She doesn’t really sing with pain in her voice, it’s a beautiful, smooth texture that doesn’t quite rise in the mix – Janet Jackson esque, in that way – and it kind of makes whatever she’s singing about feel, well, a lot nicer than it is. There’s pain in having someone like Ashanti in the situation in the song, but it still is deceptively sweet if you don’t pay close attention.